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Sleep

Garfield's Sheep Shot

In Garfield’s Sheep Shot, players must hit Garfield with sheep to help him sleep more. The goal is to reach nine hours of sleep. Players must remove any distractions that could cause Garfield to lose sleep. This free, online game is designed for young players.

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Sleep

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

Social Tags:
American culture
Anthropomorphism
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Domestic sheep
Garfield
Mass media
Sleep
Technology
Windows games
Zoology

Target Population:
Children

URL:
http://www.sugar-free-games.com/showgame.php?game=1248

Game platform:
Internet


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The Cat

The Cat is a free, online stress-reduction game that can help players de-stress and balance their minds and emotions. This game is intended to be useful for meditation, sleep, inducing feelings of peacefulness, and maintaining reduced stress levels.

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Cognition
Mental Health
Stress and Coping

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

Social Tags:
Anxiety
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Health applications and clinical studies of meditation
Mechanics
Meditation
Mind-body interventions
Physics
Sleep
Stress
Technology

Target Population:
General Audience

URL:
http://www.healthy.net/rainbowstress/cat.htm
http://www.healthy.net/rainbowstress/games.htm

Game platform:
Internet


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The Game Closet: Time For Bed?

Time For Bed? is designed to teach children about the importance of getting enough sleep every night. Players are presented with two pictures, one with a child and another featuring an animal. Players determine whether the child or the animal requires more hours of sleep each night.

Game genre:
Educational

Health topic:
Sleep

How to Obtain (Games, Resources):
Free
Online

Social Tags:
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Closet
Nemours Foundation
Rooms
Sleep
Technology
Visual arts
XML

Target Population:
Children

URL:
http://kidshealth.org/kid/closet
http://kidshealth.org/kid/closet/games/bed_game.html

Game platform:
Internet


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Impact of singular excessive computer game and television exposure on sleep patterns and memory performance of school-aged children

APA Reference: 

Dworak, M., Schierl, T., Bruns, T., & Struder, H. K. (2007). Impact of singular excessive computer game and television exposure on sleep patterns and memory performance of school-aged children. Pediatrics, 120(5), 978-985.

Author(s): 
Dworak, M.
Schierl, T.
Bruns, T.
Struder, H. K.
Year: 
2007
Journal: 
Pediatrics
Game genre:
Multi-Genre

Health topic:
Cognition
Sleep

Position:
Author

Social Tags:
Biology
Bruns
CDATA
Human
Megafauna
Sleep
XML
Zoology

Target Population:
Children

Game platform:
Computer
Video Game

Location:
Germany

Publication type:
Journal Article

Tags for: Impact of singular excessive computer game and television exposure on sleep patterns and memory performance of school-aged children

Multi-Genre, Cognition, Sleep, Author, Biology, Bruns, CDATA, Human, Megafauna, Sleep, XML, Zoology, Children, Computer, Video Game, Germany, Journal Article

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Effects of playing a computer game using a bright display on presleep physiological variables, sleep latency, slow wave sleep and REM sleep

APA Reference: 

Higuchi, S., Motohashi, Y., Liu, Y., & Maeda, A. (2005). Effects of playing a computer game using a bright display on presleep physiological variables, sleep latency, slow wave sleep and REM sleep. Journal of Sleep Research, 14(3), 267-273.

Author(s): 
Higuchi, S.
Motohashi, Y.
Liu, Y.
Maeda, A.
Year: 
2005
Journal: 
Journal of Sleep Research
Game genre:
Shooter

Health topic:
Sleep

Target Population:
Adults
Young Adults

Position:
Author

Social Tags:
Biology
Neurophysiology
Physiology
Rapid eye movement sleep
Sleep
Slow-wave sleep

Game platform:
Computer

Location:
Japan

Publication type:
Journal Article

Tags for: Effects of playing a computer game using a bright display on presleep physiological variables, sleep latency, slow wave sleep and REM sleep

Shooter, Sleep, Adults, Young Adults, Author, Biology, Neurophysiology, Physiology, Rapid eye movement sleep, Sleep, Slow-wave sleep, Computer, Japan, Journal Article

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Physical signs associated with excessive television-game playing and sleep deprivation

APA Reference: 

Tazawa, Y., & Okada, K. (2001). Physical signs associated with excessive television-game playing and sleep deprivation. Pediatrics International, 43(6), 647-650.

Author(s): 
Tazawa, Y.
Okada, K.
Year: 
2001
Journal: 
Pediatrics International
Game genre:
Multi-Genre

Health topic:
Mental Health
Sleep

Position:
Author

Social Tags:
CDATA
Ethics
Psychology
Sleep
Sleep deprivation
XML

Target Population:
Children
Pre-Teens

Location:
Japan

Publication type:
Journal Article

Game platform:
Multi-Platform

Tags for: Physical signs associated with excessive television-game playing and sleep deprivation

Multi-Genre, Mental Health, Sleep, Author, CDATA, Ethics, Psychology, Sleep, Sleep deprivation, XML, Children, Pre-Teens, Japan, Journal Article, Multi-Platform

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Computational Physiology Lab (CPL)

"CPL is an interdisciplinary lab and draws additional expertise from partner labs in Mayo Clinic, University of Texas Medical School, Methodist Hospital, and SUNY Buffalo.

Game genre:
Educational
Sports

Social Tags:
Anxiety
Biology
CDATA
Endocrine system
Nervous system
Physiology
Polysomnography
Psychophysiology
Sleep
Stress
Sympathetic nervous system
Technology

Services:
Courses
Game Design and Development
Research

Organization expertise:
eHealth
Health and Medical
Stress and Coping
Technology and Electronics

Target Population:
General Audience

Game platform:
Handheld Device

Organization type:
Research Institution

Calais Document Category:
Technology

Province Or State:
Texas

Location:
United States


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